Images of President Gerald Ford's Presidency

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President Gerald Ford Being Sworn In

Gerald Ford is being sworn in as the thirty-eighth president upon Nixon's resignation.
Gerald Ford is being sworn in as the thirty-eighth president of the United States after President Nixon's resignation - August 9, 1974. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library

President Ford was the only president to have been president and vice-president without being elected to either office. He was appointed by Richard Nixon to replace Vice-President Spiro Agnew who resigned. He then took over the presidency when Nixon resigned over the Watergate Scandal. Ford chose to pardon Nixon even though this meant his loss of the presidency. He died at the age of 93 on December 26, 2006.

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President Ford informs the nation of his decision to pardon Richard Nixon.

President Ford informs the nation of his decision to pardon former President Richard Nixon.
President Gerald Ford announces his decision in a televised address to pardon former President Richard Nixon - September 8, 1974. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President and Mrs. Ford following Mrs. Ford's breast cancer surgery.

President and Mrs. Ford read a Senate petition following Mrs. Ford's breast cancer surgery.
President and Mrs. Ford read a petition, uanimously signed by the U.S. Senate, in the President's Suite at Bethesda Naval Hospital following Mrs. Ford's breast cancer surgery - October 2, 1974. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford and Advisors in the Oval Office.

Ford meets with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.
President Ford meets with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft in the Oval Office - October 8, 1974. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Gerald Ford and his golden retriever, Liberty, in the Oval Office.

President Gerald Ford and his golden retriever, Liberty, in the Oval Office.
President Gerald Ford and his golden retriever, Liberty, in the Oval Office - November 7, 1974. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford and Soviet Leonid I. Brezhnev

Ford and Soviet Leonid Brezhnev sign a Joint Communiqué on limiting strategic offensive arms.
President Ford and Soviet General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev sign a Joint Communiqué following talks on the limitation of strategic offensive arms. It was signed in the conference hall of the Okeansky Sanitarium, Vladivostok, USSR - November 24, 1974. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President and Mrs. Ford hugging in the Oval Office.

President and Mrs. Ford hugging in the Oval Office.
President and Mrs. Ford hugging in the Oval Office - December 6, 1974. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford meet with George Harrison and Billy Preston in the Oval Office.

President Ford meet with George Harrison and Billy Preston in the Oval Office.
President Ford meet with George Harrison and Billy Preston in the Oval Office - December 13, 1974. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford Skiing in Vail, Colorado

President Ford skiing in Vail, Colorado.
President Ford skiing in Vail, Colorado - December, 1974. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford Delivering the State of the Union

President Gerald Ford delivers the State of the Union address on January 15, 1975.
President Gerald Ford delivers the State of the Union address on January 15, 1975. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office.

President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office.
President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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Image of President and Mrs. Ford and Susan engaging in a little family horseplay

President and Mrs. Ford and Susan engage in a little family horseplay at Camp David.
President and Mrs. Ford and Susan engage in a little family horseplay at Camp David - March 2, 1975. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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Pres. Ford with Secretary Kissinger and Vice Pres. Rockefeller

Pres. Ford with Secretary Kissinger and Vice Pres. Rockefeller discussing the evacuation of Saigon
Image of President Ford meeting in the Oval Office on April 28, 1975 with Secretary Kissinger and Vice President Rockefeller to discuss the American evacuation of Saigon. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford Meeting with Rumsfeld and Cheney

President Ford with Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld and his assistant Dick Cheney in the Oval Office.
President Gerald Ford chats with Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld and Rumsfelds assistant Dick Cheney in the Oval Office - April 28, 1975. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford Playing Golf

President Gerald Ford plays golf during a working vacation on Mackinac Island in Michigan.
President Gerald Ford plays golf during a working vacation on Mackinac Island in Michigan - July 13, 1975. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford Assassination Attempt by Sara Jane Moore on September 22, 1975

President Ford winces at the sound of the gun during the assassination attempt by Sara Jane Moore.
President Ford winces at the sound of the gun during the assassination attempt by Sara Jane Moore on September 22, 1975 in San Francisco, California. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford in China with Vice Premier Deng Xiao Ping

President and Mrs. Ford and Vice Premier Deng Xiao Ping chat during a meeting in China.
President and Mrs. Ford, Vice Premier Deng Xiao Ping, and Dengs interpreter have a cordial chat during an informal meeting in Peking, China on December 3, 1975. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford meets with CIA Director-designate George Bush in the Oval Office.

President Ford meets with CIA Director-designate George Bush in the Oval Office.
President Ford meets with CIA Director-designate George Bush in the Oval Office - December 17, 1975. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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Ford Rings Bicentennial Bell on July 4, 1976.

President Ford rings the Bicentennial Bell in New York Harbor on July 4, 1976.
As Bicentennial Administration Head John Warner looks on, President Ford rings the Bicentennial Bell during the Operation Sail celebration in New York Harbor. The President viewed the Tall Ships from the flight deck of the USS Forrestal on July 4, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford Dances with Queen Elizabeth

President Ford and Queen Elizabeth dance during the dinner in honor of the Queen and Prince Philip.
President Ford and Queen Elizabeth dance during the state dinner in honor of the Queen and Prince Philip at the White House - July 17, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President and Mrs. Ford with Susan and Liberty at Camp David on August 7, 1976.

President and Mrs. Ford with Susan and Liberty at Camp David on August 7, 1976.
President and Mrs. Ford with Susan and Liberty at Camp David on August 7, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President and Mrs. Ford at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City.

President and Mrs. Ford at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, August 1976.
President and Mrs. Ford at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri - August 19, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford thanks Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention.

President Ford thanks Ronald Reagan for his remarks at the Republican National Convention.
President Gerald Ford thanks former Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan for his remarks on the closing night of the Republican National Convention - August 19, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford and his family on the South Lawn of the White House

Mike, Gayle, President Ford, Mrs. Ford, Jack, Susan, and Steve on the Lawn of the White House.
Mike, Gayle, President Ford, Mrs. Ford, Jack, Susan, and Steve on the South Lawn of the White House on September 6, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President Ford and Jimmy Carter Debate Domestic Policy Issues.

President Ford and Jimmy Carter debate domestic policy during the first of the three Debates.
President Ford and Jimmy Carter meet at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia to debate domestic policy during the first of the three Ford-Carter Debates on September 23, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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President and Mrs. Ford comforting each other as they watch the election results

President and Mrs. Ford offer each other comfort as they watch the election returns.
President and Mrs. Ford offer each other comfort as they watch the election returns on November 2, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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Mrs. Ford reads President Ford's concession speech to the press.

Mrs. Ford reads President Ford's concession speech to the press.
Mrs. Ford reads President Ford's concession speech to the press. (l-r) Steve, President Ford, Susan, Mike, Gayle - November 3, 1976. White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library